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What it's like to be homeless

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jan 08, 2013 - 11:41 AM |
As Northerners, we're used to the wind chills and frigid temperatures of our winters. Luckily, many people have a place to go to get out of the cold, but that isn't necessarily the case for Sudbury's homeless population. File photo.

As Northerners, we're used to the wind chills and frigid temperatures of our winters. Luckily, many people have a place to go to get out of the cold, but that isn't necessarily the case for Sudbury's homeless population. File photo.

Every Sudburian who has spent a winter here knows what bone-chilling coldness feels like.

Temperatures dip well below the freezing point, and wind chills and damp air add to the biting cold. While many can escape the bitter winter weather in the comfort of a warm place, Sudbury's homeless population can't.

On Feb. 23, the Samaritan Centre is hosting Coldest Night of the Year. The event gives the community the opportunity to experience “a hint of the challenges faced by the homeless during a cold Sudbury night in the dead of winter.”

Participants have the chance to walk two, five or 10 kilometres around downtown. They are invited to register as a team or as an individual, collecting pledges and making donations. All proceeds go to support the work of the Samaritan Centre.

The walk gets underway at 5 p.m. from the Rainbow Centre. To register, visit www.coldestnightoftheyear.org.

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